Thursday, May 28, 2009

collections: with MamaRobot

i just love seeing what folks are collecting. i guess i kind of feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their home. today, i'm delighted to present the next in the rikrak studio's collections series: 11 & a 1/2 quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they're collecting, (apart from their art supplies! ) hope you'll just love: vintage dial telephones: with the wonderful Amanda of MamaRobot

who (are you) : Amanda Baehr Fuller, aka MamaRobot

what (are you collecting) : Rotary telephones

when (did you start) : About 12 years ago

how (many do you have?) Nine

where (do you find them) : Salvation Army, flea markets, the dump

where (do you keep them) : in a display cabinet and around the apartment

what (‘s a crazy/interesting story behind one) : 10 years ago I found a cool grey phone in a thrift shop in Amsterdam and carted it all the way home in my suitcase.

what (piece would you like to add): A brown or orange rotary phone.

why (do you love them) : I love the design and the colors. Also, they remind me of a time before cell phones and other annoying technology.

which (one is your favourite) & why : It changes - right now I'm keeping the mustard yellow phone out because it seems the most summery.

what (else do you collect) : Art made by my friends


thanks so much, Amanda!

i just love this gorgeous collection. so nostalgic & fresh & beautiful! thank you!

and i just adore the MamaRobot shop: Amanda's wonderful artworks, featured on organic clothing for babies, and "shirts and more for adults!"

i love her designerly graphic style and adorable silkscreened designs, reflecting sweet little moments in roboworld life! i know my own cute hubby would just love that fabulous men's robo tee with little robot on his shoulders (father's day is coming up!)... so sweet for the daddy's in your life!
so be sure to visit her cute cute shop, and wonderful blog, too.

thanks again!

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  1. We used to have that exact same black phone! This is a super collection!!!!!

  2. oooo! thank you mamarobot! I just love old rotary phones, too. i recall it being so satisfying when you dialed that zero, and the wheel went aaaall the way around.
    & my little guy >loves< robots!

  3. what a fun collection! i rarely see rotary phones, so i never thought of collecting them. i have one old black one though!

    it's funny how the topic of collections has come up this week. i was talking about collections on monday, about what all i collect, how long i've been collecting, how many pieces each collection has, and what i collected as a kid, therefore starting the collecting bug!

    and i've spent the last few days trying to organize my ridiculous button collection!

  4. I LOVE those phones. My grandmother actually still had and used hers as of last year! Wonderful collection. I love her shop, too.

  5. Awesome collection! I'd love to have it. I like your work too!

  6. My mom still has a black phone just like these down in her basement! My kids look at it completely bewildered! Love all the colors!

  7. Excellent. I just love them. I know a store that has a shelf full of these old phones, in all shapes and colors. What an awesome collection!

  8. oh i agree! i love this collection! thanks again, mamarobot!

  9. What a lovely collection - the materials, the soft colours, and the lovely sound of dialling, even if you can't use them! And that sound when you put the receiver back - aaah...
    Phones today are so dull.


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it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!